Friday, May 15, 2015

Todd Rundgren builds different kind of career

Todd Rundgren builds different kind of career

Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2015 5:00 am
Early in Todd Rundgren’s career, he decided essentially that being unique musically was more important and satisfying than being popular.
“I came to a point where I realized it was fruitless for me to make music that other people could make just as well,” Rundgren said during a recent phone interview. “I had to make music that other people weren’t making in order to justify my musical existence. It’s kind of been that way ever since.”
Rundgren has followed that philosophy since the early 1970s, when his third solo effort, the landmark 1972 double album “Something/Anything?” put him on the cusp of stardom. Songs such as the hit singles “Hello It’s Me” and “I Saw The Light,” as well as “It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference” and “Couldn’t I Just Tell You” reaffirmed Rundgren’s gift for writing concise and indelible pop gems.
Rundgren, who released his 25th solo album, “Global,” on April 7, realized in the wake of that initial success that he could continue in the vein of “Something/Anything?” and very possibly become one of the biggest stars of that era. But he had a different kind of career in mind, which dovetailed with his natural tendency to explore and reinvent himself musically.
“(Sticking to a successful musical blueprint) will build you an audience of a certain kind, but I don’t know if it builds the loyalty that being a little bit more bold does,” Rundgren said.
“What happened was it looked like I was building up a giant, but wide, but shallow fan base through ‘Something/Anything?’ and the hit singles on the radio. And then when I pull a stunt like ‘A Wizard, A True Star’ after that, it essentially culls out all of the shallowest part of the audience and leaves you with the really committed listener. And so all of my fans, a lot of them, have been following what I’ve done for decades. It’s the reason why I still have a career.”
“A Wizard, A True Star” indeed was a radical departure from “Something/Anything?” Rundgren turned away from the three-minute pop song format and created an album that stylistically was all over the pop/psychedelic map, and at times eccentric and sonically dense enough that it took multiple listens to absorb.
Rundgren has made more accessible albums since, but he has remained a relentlessly adventurous and frequently innovative artist.
“Global” finds Rundgren continuing to explore an electronic music vein that he first tapped with the 1993 interactive release, “New World Order” and has featured on several subsequent albums, including “Liars” (2004) and “State” (2013). Guitars are almost entirely absent on “Global,” as Rundgren uses synthesizers, sequencers, computers and programmed rhythms to create the musical backdrop for what, ironically enough, might feel like a collection of fairly conventional and equally appealing pop songs in a guitar/bass/drums setting.
As on many recent albums, Rundgren plays all the instruments on “Global,” and he’s found that the tools of electronic dance music suit his methods as well as his music.
“It’s partly because you have broader control over sonic palate,” Rundgren said, explaining his attraction to a synthesized sound. “It’s kind of satisfying. In the old days, we used to kind of struggle to achieve some of the sounds that you kind of imagined hearing. Now, it’s kind of a riot of possibilities out there.”
But if Rundgren uses a modern EDM musical palate on “Global,” he actually thinks the album has more in common with ’80s synth-pop acts such as Depeche Mode.
“If I had to characterize this record (“Global”), I’d say it’s almost like an ’80s record,” he said.
Rundgren will present his latest music on tour in a musical format that’s unconventional but also suits the music on “Global.”
“The last time I went out (on tour), I tried to sort of deejay for myself,” Rundgren said, providing context for the new tour. “I had drummer and guitar player to soften up the sound a bit. I tried to deejay myself. But the responsibilities of singing and fronting were kind of greater than I expected.
"So this time, I’m just taking a DJ, me and two background singers, and I’ll be essentially fronting the whole time. I won’t be attempting to run the music at all. We’re putting a big emphasis on the production as well. We’re taking a lot of lights and stuff. So it will be a very visual show, a lot of emphasis, of course, on the new record and the last record, but also we’ll be going back and digging up some material from the past to present in a somewhat modernized format.”
Alan Sculley writes for Last Word Features.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

tour dates: Updated new shows added

May 12: Ridgefield CT at Ridgefield Playhouse
May 13 New Hope, PA at Havana New Hope
May 14: Alexandria VA at Birchmere Music Hall
May16 Wilmington, DE at World Cafe Live At The Queen
May 17: Annapolis MD at Maryland Hall
May 19: Greensboro, NC at Cone Denim Entertainment
May 20: Atlanta, GA at Center Stage
May 22 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
May 23: Ft. Lauderdale at Culture Room
May 24 : Ponte Vedra Beach, FL at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
May 26: New Orleans at House of Blues
May 27: Dallas at Prophet Bar
May 28 : Houston, TX at House Of Blues
May 30 : Las Vegas , NV at Vinyl - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hard Rock Hotel
May 31 Tucson AZ Fox Theater
Jun 2: Solana Beach CA at Belly Up
Jun 3: Los Angeles at The Roxy
June 4 : Los Angeles at The Roxy
June 5, Fri Los Angles, CA - Grove Barnes and Noble - In Store Appearance
Jun 6: San Juan Capistrano CA at Coach House
June 7th : Anaheim , CA at The House Of Blues
Jun 9: Napa at City Winery
June 10th : San Francisco at The Fillmore
Jun 12: Portland , OR at The Wonder Ballroom
June 13: Seattle, WA at The Crocodile
July 25th : Fuji Rock Festival - Japan
July 29th : Grass Valley , CA at The Center For The Arts
August 2nd - Denver , CO at The Bluebird
August 4 & 5 - Evanston, IL at SPACE
Aug. 9 - Ferndale, MI at The Magic Bag
August 11- Kent, OH at Kent Stage
Aug. 12. - Lorain, OH at Lorain Palace
Aug. 14 - Englewood, NJ- Bergen PAC
Aug. 15 - Tarrytown , NY - Music Hall
Aug. 20 - Richmond, VA at The National
August 23 - Orlando, FL at Plaza Live
August 24- Pensacola, FL- Vinyl Music Hall
August 27th- San Antonio, TX - Aztec Theater

RundgrenRadio Airs Tonight : Birthday Bash Announcement

Be sure to visit

TUESDAY 5/12 8:30PM ET


This year marks the 8th since was founded and we'll be celebrating with another RR BDAY BASH  Previous birthday bashes have been held in Las Vegas NV, Akron OH, and Boston MA - find out tonight where it will be in 2015 and what the weekend events will look like! 


Yep, even more from when we emailed you about a month ago!  A second tour of GLOBAL is already showing dates in August.  Some of the spots include Kent Stage in Kent OH, Space in Evanston IL, Plaza Live in Orlando FL, and The Bluebird in Denver CO to name a few.  Check out the tour info on the Rundgren Radio tour page.  Some bad news for our UK friends, Todd will not be taking GLOBAL overseas.

The final two gigs of the first GLOBAL tour are being presented by!  After a 6 (Seattle) and 7 (Portland) year hiatus, we will be bringing Todd Rundgren's Global Tour 2015 to those two towns this June.  Portland gig is on June 12th at the Wonder Ballroom.  Seattle gig is at The Crocodile on June 13th. 


Tickets are on sale TODAY and you can keep up with all the happenings on the Facebook event page ...


Sunday, May 10, 2015

New Feature.: due to a huge amount of negative unnecessary comments..........

You now need to be a registered user to make comments. No more hiding behind a "Anonymous" name
 I am adding this feature not to censor comments, but to make this a friendlier place to enjoy and comment on topics. I will never censor but this has gotten out of hand.